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Under Apple’s rules, certain iOS programs are impossible to sell through iTunes. There aren’t any Apple-approved apps that allow you to alter iOS’ user interface, access the root filesystem, or allow you to control your iPhone directly from your PC. These are important reasons why people choose to jailbreak. And that's why people are shocked by an famous jailbreak tweak “SBSettings” which shortly appears in the iTunes App Store.

A phony Cydia app which was briefly available in iTunes.

Of course we couldn’t be this lucky. This version of “SBSettings” is a pay app by Hien Dang, unlike the real SBSettings which is credited to BigBoss and is available for free on his repository through the Cydia package manager (installed only on jailbroken devices). The app has 40 perfect reviews, all with generic comments like “Excellent app I use it all the time. Thanks”.

There is one one-star review that paints a different picture. It seems the app shows up as “SBAlarm clock” and functions like an alarm clock, instead of SBSettings as described in the description ripped from the real Cydia version of the app. It even uses screenshots of SBSettings running the fantastic Serious SBSettings HD theme. Considering “SBSettings” found its way through Apple’s certification process, maybe we shouldn’t worry about Google Maps making its way back into the app store.

Despite Apple’s attempt to protect their customers from strange apps and scams, scammers are exploiting Apple’s policies by tempting customers with the apps that users demand but Apple doesn’t allow. There wouldn’t have been a one star review if nobody was fooled… or if Apple allowed the real SBSettings tweak into iTunes.

The false app was pulled from the iTunes store, but the screenshots of the page have been spread everywhere... Of course people like to see iOS can be root just like Android.


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